What we read while fleeing the Metrodome…
- We didn’t watch last Sunday’s Muppet-infused Simpsons episode until the middle of the week, so by the time we thought up something angry to write about it, our pals at Dead Homer Society had already hit the nail on the head. And while we’re at it, Bill Oakley on how classic episodes of the show were written.
- Watching Ben Roethlisberger get beat up in yesterday’s win over the Bengals only reinforced the point Michael Weinreb makes here.
- We don’t always agree with Aaron Sorkin, but we can appreciate his takedown of Sarah Palin’s publicity-stunt moose killing. In other vaguely political news, New York magazine wonders how the last decade would have played out if Al Gore had won the 2000 election.
- In political philosophical news, we present you the political philosophy of Julian Assange.
- I guess you’ll just have to settle for Celine Dion in Vegas (and miss excellent Jay Leno impressions).
- Some NPI-favorites, specifically Hannibal Buress, are featured on this list of the 10 best comedy albums of the year.
- With a title like “Why does most modern sports broadcasting suck so bad?” you knew it was only a matter of time before Colin Cowherd is mentioned. More sports: The Nieman Foundation did an interview with feature writer Michael Paterniti, which prompted Gangrey to post Paterniti’s 1999 piece on Thurman Munson. And more good, long stuff from Sports Illustrated this week, with Alan Shipnuck’s investigation into the mysterious suicide of LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg.
- If there’s one thing everybody loves about Santa, it’s creepy jokes about child molestation!